North Carolina Baptists are urged to pray for the people of
Japan as the country continues to be rocked by aftershocks of an 9.0 earthquake
and deadly tsunami.
The aftershocks reach beyond infrastructure decimation and
the likelihood of thousands of lives lost. Explosions at the nation’s nuclear
power plants and plummeting Japanese financial markets are compounding these
Immediately following the disaster, N.C. Baptist Men sent
two key members of its international search and rescue team to help assess
damage and design a strategy for how N.C. Baptists could be of assistance.
The two members are John Adams, pastor at Salemburg Baptist
Church with former military experience, and Jack Frazier, a Cary firefighter
and team leader of Haiti 2010 earthquake relief effort. The men have had a wide
range of experience serving on the front lines of disaster relief including the
2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Philippines’ flood in 2009.
Despite the fact that teams were on call and ready to be
deployed in the days following the disaster, the doors are not swinging open
for N.C. Baptists to go in to provide assistance.
Gaylon Moss, Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Coordinator for N.C.
Baptist Men, says a combination of factors contributed to cancellation of
planned disaster relief teams: “The Japanese are very organized in their search
and rescue efforts, difficulty getting into the area, the nuclear chaos that
has ensued. So a number of complicating factors preventing us from sending
additional volunteers. We’ve been meeting with the Japan Baptist Convention and
other faith-based groups to determine how we can coordinate and cooperate for
Makoto Kato, executive director of the Japan Baptist
Convention, has called for prayer. Kato wrote, “The immediate heartfelt prayer
support and encouragement from you, our Christian brothers and sisters around
the world, is greatly appreciated. On behalf of the Japan Baptist Convention, I
want to express our deepest gratitude.”
Kato reports that churches located along the Pacific
coastline of Japan sustained heavy damage and many church members are
unaccounted for. The disaster has disrupted communications, plus a limited fuel
supply, power outages and obstructed roadways make it difficult to track down
At this point, N.C. Baptists can assist by setting aside
intentional times of prayer for the people of Japan as well as our brothers and
sisters in Christ who are suffering through this horrific trial.
Moss asks that
we also pray for the Baptist Conventions in Japan “that they would be a light
in the darkness and be able to serve in this time of difficulty.”
You can also
give through Baptist Men and they will forward 100 percent of your donations to
the Japanese Baptists.
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